ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime TF201: quad core tablet looks awesome [video review]

Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet packs immense quad-core power

We’re really excited by the new ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime – a tablet that converts into a netbook – and an enthusiastic video review has been posted up showing off its shiny, shiny features.

Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet packs immense quad-core power

The Transformer Prime specs are fantastic, with the tablet coming with a 10.1″ Super IPS+ Gorilla Glass screen supporting 1280 x 800 pixels resolution and a 10 finger multi-touch display.

Inside, there’s a super-beefy Nvidia Tegra 3 quad core processor backed by 1GB of RAM and 32 or 64GB SSD storage plus G-Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compass, GPS & Light Sensor onboard.

The twin cameras have been upgraded to a 8MP rear auto-focus camera with LED flash, back-illuminated CMOS sensor and fast f2.4 lens, with a 1.2MP number on the front for video calls.

Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet packs immense quad-core power

Wafer thin

Only 8.3mm slim and 586g light – comparable to the iPad2 – the tablet runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb, upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Connectivity options  include a 2-in-1 audio jack, micro HDMI, Micro SD card reader, internal microphone, with the dock serving up an additional USB 2.0 port and a full size card reader.

Combined with the docking station, battery life is claimed at an outrageous 18 hours – which makes this product perfect for all day working.

iPad killer?

Is it an iPad killer? No, of course, not: this is a different thing.

But is it a fantastic tablet offering a unique set of features that might give it an edge over any other tablet currently available? Damn right. We want one!

UK pricing is yet to be announced, but the US prices of $499 for the 32GB model and $599 for 64GB make this a very competitive offering indeed.

Check out the two hands on reviews below, both of which are very enthusiastic:

Specifications

Operating System AndroidTM 3.2 *1
Display 10.1″ LED Backlight WXGA (1280×800) Screen
Super IPS+
10 finger multi-touch support
Corning® Gorilla® Glass
CPU NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 Quad-core CPU
Memory 1GB
Storage 32GB /64GB *2 EMMC + 8G life time ASUS Webstorage space *3
Wireless Data Network WLAN 802.11 b/g/n@2.4GHz
Bluetooth V2.1+EDR
Camera 1.2 MP Front Camera
8 MP Rear Camera
Auto focus (rear) with flash
Large F2.4 aperture. (rear camera)
Audio Stereo Speakers
High Quality Mic
Interface Pad:
1 x 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone / Mic-in)
1 x micro HDMI
1 x Micro SD Card Reader
Mobile Dock:
1 x USB2.0 port
1 x SD Card Reader
Sensor G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compass, GPS
Application ASUS launcher
MyLibrary
MyNet
MyCloud
@Vibe Music
asus webstorage
File manager
ASUS sync
SuperNote
App Locker
App Backup
TegraZone
Battery 12 hours; 25Wh Li-polymer Battery *4
18 hours pad with dock; 25Wh(pad) + 22Wh(dock) Li-polymer Battery*4
Dimensions 263 x 180.8 x 8.3 mm
Weight 586 g
Mobile Dock Dock only:
Dimensions: 263 x 180.8 x 8~10.4mm
Weight: 537g
Pad with dock:
Dimensions: 263 x 180.8 x 17~19.4mm
Weight: 1123g
Note *1: AndroidTM 3.2 Honeycomb (AndroidTM 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgradable)
*2: May vary by SKU and country.
*3: Please visit www.asuswebstorage.com for more details.
*4: Battery life tested under power saving mode, playing 720p video playback, Brightness:60nits, default volume with headphones.

[Asus website]

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